UPCYCLED TREES SOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS TREE CHALLENGE: The Monson’s Kris Kringle's Market Committee is seeking Christmas trees made from recycled or reusable materials for their Christmas Tree Challenge competition to be held at the market on Saturday, December 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Monson Gym on Route 15 at 31 Greenville Road. All trees must be made from only recyclable or reusable materials, such as cardboard, plastics, paper, old car parts, aluminum cans, pipes, scrap metal, glass, or egg cartons. Bascially anything to construct a 5 to 6 foot tree. The trees should be delivered to the Monson Gym on Saturday, December 5th, between 8 and 9 AM to be placed in front of the gym, where they will remain on display until 3 PM. The public can cast their vote for the most creative tree by placing a $1 donation in a collection container in front of each tree(s). Ribbons will be awarded to the top 3 creative trees. All donations from this competition will go to the Kris Kringle's Market fund to purchase winter clothing for local children in need. Competition details and entry forms can be picked up at the Monson Town Office on the Tenney Hill Road or visit their website at
ANNUAL CHAMBER AWARD CEREMONY SET FOR FEBRUARY 2016: The Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) will be holding their Annual Chamber Award Ceremony again early next year. The awards are intended to recognize and celebrate the commitment of people and businesses in the local Sebasticook Valley community. Individuals or businesses may be nominated for two annual awards which are, the Joyce Packard Community Spirit Award and the Business of the Year Award. A panel of community leaders with significant experience in volunteerism and/or service will select the recipients. The Chamber will recruit the community leaders and the selection process will be based on the materials submitted. All decisions of the panel will be final. The awards ceremony, including a banquet, will be held on Wednesday, February 17th from 5 to 9 PM. The event will be held at the Maine Central Institute Cafeteria at 295 Main Street in Pittsfield. In case of inclement weather there is a snow date set for Thursday, February 18th. The event is sponsored by People’s United Bank. For more information contact the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce at (207) 368-4698, e-mail:, or visit the website
The original annual pie sale of the St. Agnes Ladies Guild will be held on Wednesday, November 25th beginning at 9 AM until sold out. The annual sale will offer pies, baked goods and sweets. Part of the proceeds will help support their sponsored child in Honduras through Unbound. The Guild will also be selling raffle tickets on 2 handmade quilts for $1 each or 6 for $5. There will be two separate drawings, tickets can go for which ever quilt you want to win. Tickets can still be purchased from Guild members. The drawing will be held at the end of the pie sale. For more information call Lorrie at 487-2726. The sale will be held at the Sebasticook Valley Elks Lodge on 140 Middle Street.
HEARTSAVER CLASSES: The Community Health and Education Department at Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) will offer the following classes for the month of December: Infant/Child/Adult CPR and AED will be held on Tuesday, December 8th from 5:30 to 9 PM. First Aid will be held on Monday, December 14th from 5:30 to 9 PM. The cost for the CPR class will be $50 and the First Aid class will be $40. If registering for both classes at the same time the cost will be $70. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The classes will be held at SVH at 130 Leighton Street. Call the Community Health and Education Department at 487-3890 extension 2731 for further information or to register. The TTY number is 487-4590.
BLS CERTIFICATION CLASS: Sebasticook Valley Health is offering a Health Care Provider BLS class on Friday, December 11th. The session is from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. This class is for health care professionals who are required to have a Healthcare Provider Certification. CPR skills for adult, infant and children, use of the AED, rescue from choking and use of bag-mask devices are included. This is not a renewal course; it is designed for new certification. Pre-registration is required. The cost of the class is $75.00, which includes the book. The class will be held in the SVH Board Room at 130 Leighton Street. Contact the Community Health and Education Department at (207) 487-3890 ext. 2731 or TTY (207) 487-4590.
SUPERVISOR ELECTION: The Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District announces its election for District Supervisor. There is one elected position in this year’s election. That three year term of office position starts January 1st, 2016. Tom Doore of Augusta is running to fill that position. Write-in candidates continue to be eligible. Ballots are available at the Kennebec District office. The deadline for the election is Monday, November 30th. Any registered voter wishing to vote for the District Supervisor may contact the District to receive a ballot. They may also come into the office and cast a ballot. All registered voters residing or owning land within the Kennebec District boundaries are eligible to vote. All completed ballots must be received on or before the afternoon of November 30th, 2015 at 4 PM. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the District office at 21 Enterprise Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 or contact 622-7847 extention 3 and ask for Dale Finseth.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family and Support Group will meet on Tuesday, November 24th from 6:30 to 8 PM. The meeting will be held at the Mayo Regional Hospital located at 897 West Main Street in the Borestone Room. For more information contact Beth at 924-7903.
MONTHLY BAKE SALE: The Simpson Memorial Library will hold its monthly bake sale on Saturday, November 21st, from 9 AM to 2 PM. There will be pies, cookies, breads, plus more. The bake sale will be located at Ye Ole General Store on Route 2.
The 2nd Annual Carmel Cats Club Vendor/Craft Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, November 21st from 9 AM to 3 PM. Set-up for the fair will begin on Friday, November 20th from 6 to 8 PM. Spaces are available for $20 for an 8 x 8 space, plus $5 for a table. The fair will be held at the Carmel Elementary School located at 50 Plymouth Road. For more information contact Jessica Raymond at 852-4965,, Facebook JessicaGerryRaymond or 2nd Annual Carmel Cats Club Vendor/Craft Fair.
THANKSGIVING PIE SALE: The United Methodist Church of Dover-Foxcroft will hold a Thanksgiving pie sale in the church's Choir Room on Wednesday, November 25th starting at 9 AM until all pies are sold. There will be a wide variety of homemade fruit and filled pies. The cost will be $10 per pie. The church is located at 156 East Main Street. Attendees are urged to use the rear entrance to the church. For more information, call 207-564-8013 or e-mail
There will be a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting on Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30 PM. Donna Brown, Director of NAMI Maine’s Project Aware, will be the featured speaker. Project Aware aims to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid to the three high-need counties of Piscataquis, Somerset, and Washington to increase the protective factors for children in rural Maine through education efforts. Classes for the juvenile justice staff in the Department of Correction, the non-clinical staff from mental health agencies, local and state law enforcement leaders, and health educators, athletic coaches, and extracurricular activity leaders will focus on mental health issues of youth in rural areas. The meeting will be held in the Borestone Room at Mayo Regional Hospital located at 897 West Main Street, before the regular support group meeting. Individuals from the community wanting to know more about this program is invited to Ms. Brown’s presentation. For more information, please call 924-7903.
DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR GIVING TREE: The Hartland United Methodist Church is coordinating a Giving Tree again this year. The program assists low income families in providing Christmas gifts for their children. Parents interested in providing children’s names for the tree should contact Marilyn Carr at 938-2236 or Ethelyn Bowman at 938-4412 before Tuesday, November 24th. Individuals interested in taking a child’s name or donating a monetary gift may also contact the two numbers above. The Giving Tree will be held at the Hartland United Methodist Church on 8 Seekins Street on Saturday, December 5th at 9 AM.
The Hartland Children’s Holiday Fund is gathering donations of gifts for area babies, children, and teens. Gifts of socks, underwear, blankets, slippers, boots, mittens, gloves, hat, scarf, school supplies, hygiene supplies, toys and games. A contribution box will be at the Christmas Hartland Craft Fair at the Hartland Consolidated School on the Irving Tanning Community Center on Saturday, December 5th. Individuals interest in donating may also contact Barbara Day at 938-3565 or Shirley Humphrey at 938-2159.
The Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist Church will be holding a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 26th from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. For reservations contact 938-2025 and leave a message that includes your name and number. The church is located on the corner of Commercial and Seekins Streets. The location is handicap accessible through the office entrance.

HONOR A LOVED ONE AT THE MEMORIAL TREE LIGHTING: The Newport Cultural Center will be holding their annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 4th at 6 PM. Participate in this ceremony by paying tribute to loved ones who are no longer with us, or honor a loved one who is currently serving in the military or who may be away this holiday season. You can sponsor a light in honor or memory of a loved one for $5 each. The Newport Cultural Center tree will be strung with colored lights in the hope it eventually will be covered with all white lights as people donate $5 to replace each colored light with a white one to remember a loved one or honor someone. The names of those for whom lights have been sponsored will be read during the lighting ceremony. If you would like to add a light to the Memorial Tree in memory or honor of someone, stop by the Newport Cultural Center at 154 Main Street in Newport and add a loved one’s name to the Memorial List. For additional information, contact the library at 368-5074.